The headman Bhadragaka visits the Buddha at Uruvelakappa und asks for a teaching about dukkha. The Buddha says he will talk neither of the future nor of the past, but only of the present. By means of questioning Bhadragaka, the Buddha makes him realize that sorrow und suffering come only through desire. For example, he would grieve if anything happened to his friends in Uruvelakappa, or to his son Ciravāsi, or to his wife; but he would not worry about those who were unknown to him und therefore unloved by him (S.iv.327f).

The Commentary says (SA.iii.103) that in this sutta vattadukkha (? the sorrow of transmigration) is described.

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